Pippin Will Hit the Road; Tony-Nominated Revival Will Launch National Tour in September 2014
By Michael Gioia
Producers Barry and Fran Weissler and Howard and Janet Kagan announced May 15 that the critically acclaimed, Tony Award-nominated Broadway revival of Pippin, re-envisioned in a cirque-inspired production, will launch a U.S. national tour in September 2014 at the Buell Theatre in Denver, CO.
This new incarnation of Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz's dark and groovy coming-of-age musical — which has been nominated for ten 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival — premiered at the American Repertory Theater, where Tony-nominated director Diane Paulus (Hair, Porgy and Bess) is artistic director, last fall. The staging incorporates circus choreography and acrobatics by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (7 Fingers).
Additional information, including tour dates, venues and casting, has not been announced.
Broadway previews of Pippin began March 23, prior to an official opening April 25, at the Music Box Theatre.
Pippin received the most 2013 Outer Critics Circle Awards with seven wins, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Paulus), Outstanding Choreographer (Chet Walker), Outstanding Lighting Design (Kenneth Posner), Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Patina Miller), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Terrence Mann) and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Andrea Martin).
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In the musical, according to producers, "royal heir Pippin is spurred on by a mysterious group of performers to embark on a death-defying journey to find his 'corner of the sky.'"
Barry & Fran Weissler and Howard & Janet Kagan present the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) production of Pippin on Broadway with Lisa Matlin, Kyodo Tokyo, A&A Gordon/Brunish Trinchero, Tom Smedes/Peter Stern, Broadway Across America, Independent Presenters Network, Norton Herrick, Allen Spivak, Rebecca Gold, Joshua Goodman, Steve McManus, David Robbins/Bryan S. Weingarten, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal, Jim Kierstead/Carlos Arana/Myla Lerner, Hugh Hayes/Jamie Cesa/Jonathan Reinis, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Ben Feldman, Square 1 Theatrics, Wendy Federman/Carl Moellenberg, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Infinity Theatre Company/Michael Rubenstein, Michael A. Alden/Dale Badway/Ken Mahoney.
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